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The Seine: Morning

Charles-François Daubigny (French, Paris 1817–1878 Paris)

Oil on wood
15 1/4 x 27 1/4 in. (38.7 x 69.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887
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  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Daubigny 1874

  • Provenance

    Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, New York (until d. 1887)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Taste of the Seventies," April 2–September 10, 1946, no. 85.

    American Federation of the Arts. "A Landscape View of 19th Century France (circulating exhibition)," September 1, 1954–1957, no catalogue?

    Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Center. "Five Centuries of European Painting," May 16–October 26, 1963, unnumbered cat. (p. 42, as "On the Seine: Morning").

    Nashville. Fisk University Museum of Art. "100 Years of European Painting," April 28–June 10, 1965, unnum. checklist.

    Columbia, S.C. Columbia Museum of Art. "Landscape in Art: Origin and Development," January 17–February 26, 1967, no. 43.

  • References

    "Gallery and Studio: The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Art Amateur 18 (December 1887), p. 7, as "On the Seine, Morning".

    Mrs. Schuyler van Rensselaer. "The Wolfe Collection at the Metropolitan Museum. II." Independent 39 (November 24, 1887), p. 9.

    Walter Rowlands. "The Miss Wolfe Collection." Art Journal, n.s., (January 1889), p. 13.

    "The Metropolitan Museum of Art—The French Painters." New York Times (May 22, 1895), p. 4, as "On the Seine".

    Five Centuries of European Painting. Exh. cat., Arkansas Arts Center. Little Rock, 1963, p. 42, ill, remarks that the river landscapes along the Seine and Oise were Daubigny's favorite subjects and notes that this picture depicts "an early morning on the Seine with the rising sun reflected in the river".

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, pp. 99–100, ill., comment that the "summary execution and the rather mild effect are typical of Daubigny's commercial productions at the end of his career".

    Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort and Janine Bailly-Herzberg. Daubigny. Paris, 1975, p. 188, no. 139, ill., call it "La Seine, effet du matin (The Seine - Morning)".

    Robert Hellebranth. Charles-François Daubigny, 1817–1878. Morges, Switzerland, 1976, p. 20, no. 41, ill., calls it "La Seine à Herblay, le Matin"; reproduces a similar composition (1872; collection Mme d'Aigremont; H40).

    Robert Hellebranth. Letter to Mary Ann Wurth Harris. August 1, 1978, identifies the site as Herblay, near Paris and notes that the church still exists.

  • Notes

    This work depicts the village of Herblay, located on the Seine near Paris. The church seen in the distance still exists. A similar painting (Hellebranth 1976, no. 40) is in the collection of Mme d'Aigremont [see Ref. Hellebranth 1978].

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